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    March 23, 2013
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>> ok. we have a number of questions. i will take maybe a few of them together and i will let all of you guys answer at will depending on which one you want to focus on. let's do one and two and three. >> my question is around security and the impacts it have on future elections. we talked about that delta being a contested territory. considering the violence that we saw there and in the region in general, but kind of impact could that have swaying the different candidates and parties in the future and may be the overall impact of security in general on the country and changing voter patterns? >> ok.
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>> after the courts gave time to postpone the elections, has there been any reflection by morsi or the brotherhood on how to approach elections and what changes do you foresee? >> ok. andn, brotherhood questions internal thinking of the situation. yes, sir. >> very quickly, we are coming to a very serious economic cliff. what do you think the u.s. should be doing with regards to the imf agreement? is the u.s. pushing the imf do have one or not to have one? should the imf just give the
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money to egypt? what needs to be done? >> last one and then closing comments. ini'm working with a program cairo. i'm here for a visit. my question stems a little bit of everything people have been saying about the response to the violence and the different reactions and the electorate in everything. my question is like, we have seen a general radicalization of society, both the victuals and the alarmists are becoming more radical. we saw islamists marching. we see it in the fact that they are supporting the vigilante groups now. it is the breakdown of laws that you mentioned. how can this be overcome? how can they reach that point
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of compromise and consensus. we can say that we need and people can say they're willing to do it, but if they cannot get the support, the muslim brotherhood are losing support. the breakdown of society is just around the corner. they are still getting are there and farther apart. >> why don't we focus on some of the domestic questions first, especially this important issue with the declining strength of islamists. there are two different ways it can go. possibly you will move to a pluralistic and competitive system. possibility unfortunately is what you are
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suggesting is increased radicalization and security conditions on the ground that is leading to chaos where all sides are checking out of the system. that is a less positive scenario. importantvery question on where this is heading. how will the brotherhood react to it? will they react to the threats? especially the radical part of the opposition that want to see more see fail. what would force them to join together when you are facing extremists? maybe one or two of you can conclude with thoughts on the imf section that is related. how can we affect egypt that hopefully moves toward a more positive scenario? why don't we start with jeff?
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>> i have seen some interesting indicators on how the muslim brotherhood is reacting to the decision. presidencye that the has -- you can be that in different ways to stop we can read it that they are in denial and our prevailing against the judiciary's they have in the past. the are clearly rebelling against the judiciary as parliament has dissolved and having morsi sit down for one symbolic reading. another way to read is that they want more clarification on presidential power. they want to find out if morsi has the authority personally to call elections or whether he has to go through his cabinet. it depends on which narrative you buy.
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>> maybe samer? >> sure. with regards to the last question and what can be done to overcome the consensus, i wish i had the answer. i wish that the relative balance of power coming out of the uprising would be slightly difference so that you had a situation where you did not have a 73% islamist on one side and 20% secular liberal on the other side. equally a little bit more power would increase the likelihood of a consensus and so on. the only other thing i will say in response to the last
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question is that in some ways the impending election or the postponing of the election and the problems surrounding the election and the imf loan are related. hasof the arguments that been made by the fund is that they cannot in good faith commit to an agreement that does not have broad-based consensus. meaning it is not approved by a legitimately elected parliament. until that transpires, they are not going to, you know, give that package. there is much more going on than that and so on. that is certainly one aspect of it. the other aspect -- and this is maybe something to think about on the external role -- it is
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not the case and has not in the case in the past that the international community would allow egypt to fail. i do not think that will happen. that has not happened in the past years when egypt-based significant crises at the end of the 1980's. they could not pay off loans in the international community came to the rescue. agreementsn talks of and so on. there is a big picture of the global recession of the last years. for good or for bad, the money will come and the economic cliff will be averted. that is because of the strategic importance and size of egypt. >> briefly on the security
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question, this is serious in the delta and also upper egypt partly because of the christian communities there and the tension between islamists and christians we have seen in previous elections. there can be serious security issues there as well. in terms of changing voting patterns, some people don't go. that is concerning. regarding the question on the united states, this is a difficult policy issue. it takes nerves of steel to get it right. on one hand, the u.s. does not want egypt to go over the economic cliff. it would be irresponsible. on the other hand, i do not think the u.s. should be pushing the international monetary fund to give egypt money on the wrong terms. i think the bargaining between
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egypt and the imf is much more economic than on political terms. the egyptian government has been trying to get the imf to give them the loan on easier budgetary terms than what was originally agreed. shouldt think the u.s. strong arm the imf to do that. i think the egyptian government should make the right terms. the imf -- this is not a tough, austerity program they are trying to enforce on the egyptian government. the u.s. needs to play this the right way. we do not want a crisis in egypt. we want to encourage sound decisions economically and the building of a political consensus. in order to make sound decisions morsi will need to take to get the imf money, he will have to have a broader
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political consensus. last word -- assuming we get through this crisis and there is an imf agreement and some of movement toward elementary elections in which there is broad participation, the u.s. should take that opportunity to help egypt much more economically. by becoming an aggregator of international assistance and investment and so forth for egypt. the u.s. could easily play this kind of leadership role. that would also give us more leverage over egypt and encouraging the building of base found and adoption of policies that are responsible.
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>> on that optimistic note, we should end. i hope the story ends happily. thank you, c-span for covering this. fork you to our panelists an engaging and interesting conversation. thank you. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] ginger gibson will talk about 2013 federal spending which was approved this past week by both members of congress and then we will examine how the congressional ethics process works. at thehat, we will look privacy of e-mails and electronic communications.
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is live at journal" 7:00 eastern here on c-span. "newsmakers,"on we talk about spending and the budget and the debate over gun legislation with tom coburn. he will not seek a third term in 2013. president obama continued the first trip of his second term visiting israel, the west bank, and to jordan and met with king abdallah of jordan. they spoke to reporters. he said jordan is housing 460,000 refugees and expects the number to double by the end of the year. the president said the u.s. will provide $2 million in aid to jordan.
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>> we discussed syria and are horrified by loss of life. about extremely concerned the conflict.
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>> i remember you were here when you were a senator. i hope you are enjoying your second term. we are delighted to have these discussions. they were very, very fruitful on the strategic partnership. we are very grateful to you, sir, and the administration, as well as congress for the continued support as has been shown over so many years. and this partnership throughout the years has provided us to get to where we are today. and we continue that you will continue to help us secure regional peace. we did have an opportunity to discuss syria. as you know, we are horrified by the loss of life and brutality. if this continues as we are seeing, there will be increasing fragmentation of syria which obviously will have disastrous consequences for decades to come. it is important to have an immediate political transition to end the conflict. obviously, we have an urgent need for the international community to help in humanitarian assistance to catch up to the challenges we are facing. we need to have the ability to stockpile through the same people, and also to be able to assist those outside. jordan today is hosting by far today the largest number of syrian refugees. we have over 460,000 syrians. that is 10% of our population. the alarming trend continues as
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we see today. it will probably double by the end of the year. it is possible that number could go up to 60 million by the end of the year. the refuge camps -- the refugee camp it is the fifth largest city in jordan. and the economic cost due to the influx as further stressed an economy already under considerable external pressures. having said that, as i alluded to, we are so grateful for the u.s. assistance. it is an enormous responsibility. together, we tend to -- we continue to appeal to the international community for further help in averting this calamity.
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we had an opportunity to talk about the peace process. we are very delighted with the vision and death the president showed -- vision and depth that the president showed. this conveys the crucial part u.s. leadership in is really-palestinian negotiations. the two-state solution is the only way to go. theou compare that with radicalization of syria, together with the impasse in the peace process, this will be a serious threat to an already volatile region. the window is fast closing for negotiations, primarily due to increasing sectarian activities.
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there is no time to waste. the prime minister shared details of jordan's homegrown model. we believe that we have a model as a clear end goal, a parliamentary government. checks and balances of democracy. a new constitutional court. we will also add a new independent election commission, and we are looking at jordan as a model for the revolution, consensual and peaceful, and ensuring there is tolerance, moderation, and unity. and equally as important, a level playing field. we will ensure regard for civil liberties and civil rights.
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today, we look to our prime minister of forming his parliamentary government in the next few weeks. with on his consultations parliament's come up which is an extension of the same constitutional process that resulted in his nomination. i am very proud of this process. what we are seeing is the third way in the middle east. we now enjoy the benefits of the arab summer for us all. we have to roll up our sleeves. it will be a very bumpy and difficult road. but i look forward to the future. again, mr. president, thank you to jordan.
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i hope your success will continue in your visit. >> thank you very much. it is great to be back in jordan. i am glad to speak with my friend king abdullah. thank you to the people of jordan for their extreme warmth and hospitality that i remember well from my first visit as a senator. that thing i mainly remember when i came here was his majesty personally drove me to the airport. i will not tell you how fast he was going, but secret service could not keep up. nevertheless, we are very much appreciative for you welcoming me and my delegation. the reason i am here is simple. jordan is an invaluable ally. it is a great friend. we have been working together since the early years of the kingdom. his majesty's great- grandfather, who gave his life in the name of peace. today, we are working to improve the lives of our peoples.
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our cooperation helps keep your citizens and hours safe from terrorism. trainilitary police help other security forces in other palestinian territories. i am especially grateful to his majesty, who like his father is a force for peace in word and in deed. you are the first arab leader i welcome to the oval office and i very much appreciate the work you've done on a broad range up challenges. i have come to jordan to deepen what is already an extraordinary cooperation. himd a chance to talk with about the necessary political reform, and i want to commend
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the people of jordan on at this year's parliamentary elections that moves toward a more inclusive political process. i appreciate his majesty's plans for tolerance for a and a very much welcome his commitment to act of citizenship or citizens play a larger role in the future of this nation. and i think his majesty recognizes that jordan has a great opportunity to show the benefits of a genuine and peaceful reform. with stronger political parties, governance, transparency, which makes government's more effective and make sure that the people feel a connection to their governments. your majesty, you have been a driving force for these peace efforts. you can be sure the united states will continue to work with you. economic progress has become what political process.
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the majority government is working hard to manage the current budget challenges. i think that his majesty outlined enormous pressures that jordan is experiencing, including a range of at external factors as well. i recognize what these economic reforms are difficult, they are essential to create the kind of growth and opportunity and dynamism that will help the jordanian people achieve their dreams. loanhappy to provide guarantees to jordan as your. together, i believe we can deliver the result that jordanian people deserve. health care, clean water, enhanced training that i know a lot of the jordanian people
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need to get a job or turn entrepreneurial skills into a business that creates even more jobs. ofas proud to welcome some these on to burn norse. ship. the entrepreneurs shi we will continue to create economic opportunities for the people here and for people everywhere. we have spent a good time -- a good amount of time talking about this. as i said in my speech yesterday, i believe there are steps both sides can take to build trust and continue a serious negotiation forward. we are not there yet, but i am confident it can happen, in part because it must happen. iswill be good for israeli and for palestinians. i am very grateful for his majesty's efforts. as it's been true in the past, his majesty will be critical in
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making steps toward lasting peace for israelis and palestinians. and i want to commend his majesty for his leadership, and i want to commend the jordanian people for their compassion during an extraordinarily neighbors. his majesty was the first arab leader to publicly call on assad to step down because of the horrific violence being inflicted on the syrian people. jordan took a leading role in the political transition to a more stable government. we are looking at strengthening the syrian opposition. we share concerns about violence spilling across the borders. i want to make it clear. the united states is committed to the security of jordan, which is backed by our strong alliance. the jordanian people have displayed extraordinary
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generosity, but the strains of some many refugees inevitably is showing. from day, they are far home, but this is a heavy burden. need the international community to step up and help shoulder this burden. the united states will certainly do our part. we are these single largest donor of assistance to the syrian people. some of this has helped jordan, and for days i have been announcing that my administration will provide jordan with an additional $200 million in budget support as it cares for syrian refugees and jordanian communities affected by this crisis. this will mean more assistance with basic services including education for syrian children so far from on, whose lives have been up in did.
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as parents, we can only imagine how heartbreaking that must be for any parent, to see their children having to go through those kinds of tumult they are experiencing. as our partnership improves, the lives of not only the jordanian people, but people across the region. your majesty, i want to express my great appreciation for our partnership. thent to thank you and jordanian people for the hospitality you have shown me, and for my fellow americans. this is my last visit. tom looking forward tomorrow, weather permitting, seeing one of the greats waters of history, that the world can experience thanks to jordan and
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its people. thank you. >> yes? >> thank you, your majesty. i want to ask you -- how are you going to keep the borders open for the syrian regime? anything could happen at any time. thet the electricity or water? you might find 1000 refugees. that is what you spoke about, your majesty. i want to thank you again, and i just want to know -- you are
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the leading superpower, the united states of america. do you have a plan to end the bloodshed, the killing? and now talking about -- what is your comment about that? >> first of all, the problem with refugees comes down to a humanitarian issue and how are we going to turn back at women, children, and the wounded? it is something we cannot do. it is not the jordanian way. we have this sort we open our arms to those who need services. we cannot turn our back on challenges. that is the reality we are facing. jordan has always been a safe haven to the people around us for many, many decades. unfortunately, from that point of view, refugees will continue to come to jordan, and we will continue to look after them as
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best as we can. the problem is obviously, the burden this has been having on jordan. we have tried to quantify this as much as possible. it is roughly $150 million per year. -- $550 million per year. if those numbers double by the end of the year, we are obviously talking about more. that is not only a problem, but that will be a tremendous drain on our infrastructure and it is causing social problems. that is one of the reasons why we are asking for the international community to help. physically, we cannot turn away young children, women, people in desperate need. so, we will continue to take on those responsibilities. >> since the start of the situation in syria, we have stepped up as not just a super power, as you phrased it, but
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also for basic humanity to say that assad needed to go. we have not just lead with words, but we also lead with deeds. as i indicated, we are the largest single humanitarian donor to the syrian people. we have worked diligently in cooperation with the international community to help organize and mobilize political opposition that was credible, because in the absence of a credible political opposition, it would be impossible for us to transition to a more representative and legitimate government structure inside of syria. that is an area where we have been involved on almost a daily basis. first, secretary hillary clinton helped to spearhead the reforms bat created a coherent syrian opposition council.
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now you have the secretary kerry, who is deeply involved in that effort as well. we are providing not just advice, but training and capacity in order for that political opposition to maintain links within syria and be able to provide direct services for people inside of syria, including the relief efforts that obviously we are seen here in jordan, but there is a whole bunch of people internally displaced inside of syria who need help. i think that what your question may be suggesting maybe is, why haven't we simply gone in militarily? and you know, i think it is fair to say that the united states oftentimes it finds itself in situations where if it goes in militarily, and if it does not, then people say, why
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are you doing something militarily? and you know, my response at this stage is to make sure that what we do contribute to bringing an end to the bloodshed as quickly as possible. and working in a multilateral context, an international context, because we think our experience shows when we lead, but we are also working with others like the jordanians, the turks, others in the region, then the outcomes are better. when we are working with the syrians themselves so this is not externally imposed, but rather something that is linked directly with the hopes and aspirations of people inside of syria, it will work better, and so what we will continue to do -- use every lever and every
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impulse that we have to affect the situation inside of syria. there are measures we have called for, and we know the withis moving forward investigations on exactly what happened. i have said publicly that the use of chemical weapons by the assad regime would be a game changer from our perspective. because, once you let that's the situation spend out of control, it is very hard to stop and that will have enormous spillover effects across the region. and so, we are going to continue to closely consult with everybody across the region and do everything we can to break -- bring an end to the bloodshed and to allow the to get out from under a leader who was lost all legitimacy because he is willing
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to slaughter his own people. he will be replaced. it is not a question of if. it is when. part of what we have to think about is what is the aftermath going to affect? and by the way, we need to think about that in a way that serves the syrian people from all walks of life, from all religious affiliations. weause one of the things know about this region is that if we fail the -- to create a model in the arab world in which people can live side-by- side, regardless of whether they are sunni or shi'a or druze, regardless of the manner in which they worship their god, if we do not create that's a possibility, then these problems will occur again and
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again and again. i think his majesty understands that. these kind of tribal lines are part of what we have to get beyond. they do not create jobs. they do not put food in the mouths of children. they do not provide education. they cannot create a thriving economy. and that's going to be a central challenge, not just in syria but across the region. the united states, i think, has something to say about that because part of what makes us a super power because we have people from every walks of life and every religion and if they are willing to work hard they can success. that has to be more consistently spoken about. not just with respect to the syria situation but the moment
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of promise and danger in the arab world in north africa. >> thank you, mr. president. of mentioned the aftermath the assad regime. there's a lot of concern that the upheaval is creating extremism. how concerned are you that extremist could take over in syria and, perhaps worse than assad? usas hoping you could give an insight on how you brokered the call to netanyahu. and you have offered asylum that he rejected and does that offer still stand? thank you. >> well, i'm very concerned about syria becoming a place for extremists because
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extremists thrive in chaos. they thrive in failed states and in power vacuums. they don't have much to offer when it comes to building things but they are good about exploiting situations that, you know, are no longer functional. they fill that gap. that's why, i think it is so important for us to work with the international community to help accelerate a political transition had is viable so a syria a state continues to function, so the basic institutions can be rebuilt, they are not destroyed beyond recognition. that we are avoiding what inevitably becomes divisions because by definition, if you have an extremist that mean you
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don't have a lot of tolerance for people who don't share your beliefs. we have to recognize we have a stake here. we can't do it alone. and the outcome in syria is not going to be ideal, even if we execute our assistance and coordination, our planning, and support, the situation in syria now is going to be difficult. that is what happens when you have a leader that cares more about clinging to power than they do about holding their country together and looking after their people. it is tragic and heartbreaking. the sight of children and women being slaughtered that we've seen so much, i think it has to compel all of us to say what more can we do? that's a question that i'm asking as president every
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single day and i know his majesty is asking in his capacity here in jordan. ist i am confident about ultimate -- ultimately what people in syria are looking for is not replacing repression with a new form of repression. ist they are looking for replacing repression with freedom, opportunity, and democracy and the capacity to live together and build together. that's what we have to begin planning for now understanding that it is going to be difficult. something has been broken in syria and it is not going to be put back together perfectly, immediately, any time soon even after assad leaves. but we can begin the process of moving it in a better direction and having a cohesive political operation is critical to.
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the conversation that took place between myself and president netanyahu, i have long said that it is in the pest interests of the two countries we have need to restore the relationship between the two countries that normally had good ties. it broke down several years ago. for the last two years, i've spoken to both prime minister netanyahu and the prime minister of turkey on why this needs to be amended. they don't have to agree on everything for them to come around common interests. during my visits, it appeared that the timing was good for that conversation to take place. i discussed it with prime
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minister netanyahu and both of us agreed that the moment was right. fortunately, they were able to begin the process of rebuilding normal relations between two very important countries in the region. this is a work in progress. it is just beginning. as i said, there are still going to be significant disagreements between israel and turkey. not just on the palestinian issue but a range of issues. but they also have a range of shared interests and they both happen to be strong partners and friends of ours. so it is in the interest of the united states that that begin this process of getting their relationship in order. i'm glad to see it is happening. >> the question about the asylum that he has to answer himself.
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if he is interested in the asylum and is he interested in coming to jordan? our point of view, we need a transition as quickly as possible. if the issue of asylum ever came up, that is something that all of us would have to put our heads together and to see if that would end the violence quickly. so the question is beyond my pay rate at this stage. but it is something that i'm sure if it came out it would be something we discussed a level of international unity. >> thank you. jordanjesty, last year managed to break the peace process and bringing israelis and palestinians together at the table. now -- do you have anything in mind or you going to have any similar efforts?
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supportident, would you an effort because we know that the two sides need to be brought back to the negotiating table? thank you. obviously,stage, last year we kept israelis and palestinians -- simply because we wanted to keep the process alive as much as we could. knowing full well we were waiting for this opportunity, the president finished a successful visit to both the israelis and the palestinians. we've been in close contact with the state department and secretary kerry has been right in keeping expectations low so, what i call the homework stage is still in effect. we're all consulting at this stage on how to build on this visit. as we all share notes, we'll have a better understanding over the next several weeks what is the next step.
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jordan's role is to be there as a facilitator and support israelis and palestinians to bring them closer together. so i believe the next several weeks and next several months will have the homework or the framework will come together and move forward. obviously, we welcome hosting israelis and palestinians together if that is what they want. we've always been in a support role for both sides. we see a window of opportunity and i believe the statements that the president has made to the israeli and the palestinians is an opportunity to regalvanize the effort. one that we will stand by and support as we compare notes of the president's visit to the three countries. >> first of all, i think he described what i tried to accomplish on this trip very well. i'm is a trip to make sure
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doing my homework. we all recognize how vital it could be to see a resolution of the israeli/palestinian conflict. we set expectations low because there has been a lot of talk over decades, but it has not produced the results that everyone wants to see. my approach has been let me listen to the parties first. let me find out exactly what the roadblocks are for progress. let me discuss with them ways that we can move the road block out of the way in order to achieve a concrete result. because,been modest frankly peace will not be achieved unless ultimately the parties themselves want peace. i think all of us in the
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international community share this frustration, why can't we get this problem solved? i think the israeli people are frustrated that they feel this problem is not solved. they don't enjoy the isolation has come from this conflict. the palestinian people certainly feel that frustration. as i mentioned in my speech yesterday, i met with young people who are growing up unable to do the basic things that free people should expect they should be able to do. simple things, like travel. or enjoying the kinds of privacy in their own homes that so many of us take for granted. these are children, young
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people, young men and women who, as i described yesterday, aren't different from my daughters. they deserve the same opportunities. they deserve this cloud to be lifted from their lives. because they can achieve and they have enormous potential and i don't want them living under a sense of constricted possibility. israelion't want the people continuing looking over their shoulder thinking at any point their house may be hit by a rocket or a bus may be blown up. so, part of the tragedy of the situation is that neither side is getting exactly what they want but it has been hard to break out of old patterns and a difficult history.
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my hope and expectation as a consequence of us doing our homework, we can explore with the parties a mechanism for them to sit back down, to get rid of the old assumptions, think in new ways and to get this done. i think if it gets done in a timely way, then the israeli people will be safer and the palestinian people will be freer. and children on both sides will have a better life. as a consequence the region as a whole will be strengthened and the world will be safer. i can't guarantee that is going to happen. what i can guarantee is that we'll make the effort. i will guarantee that secretary kerry will spend a good deal of time in discussion with the
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parties. i ask assure you that nobody feels a greater interest in us achieving this then his majesty. so we're going to keep on plugging away. the one thing i did say, i think to both sides is that the window of opportunity still exists. but it is getting more and more difficult. the mistrust is building instead of decreasing. providingics of security for israel is getting more difficult with different technologies and the logistics is creating a functioning palestinian state is becoming more difficult. both sides have to begin to think about their long-term strategic interests instead of worrying about, can i get a short-term tactical advantage
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there or here? they need to say to themselves what is the big picture and how do we get this done? that is ultimately i believe both people want. i think it is interesting that my speech in jerusalem, some of the strongest applause came when i addressed the israeli people and i said you have to think about the palestinian children like your own children. it tapped into something that they understood. that gives me hope. i think that shows there's a possibility there.
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but it is hard. what i also said was ultimately people have to help provide the structures for leaders to take some difficult risks. so that's why i wanted to speak directly to the israeli people and the palestinian people. so they can help empower their leadership to make some difficult decisions and tradeoffs in order to achieve a compromise where neither side will get 100% of what they want. we're going to try to make it happen. >> thank you, mr. president. saidresident, you have repeatedly on this trip and before, that all options are on the table to stop iran from getting a nuclear weapon, including military action. the leader of iran and said if any action is taken he will raise the cities in tel aviv to the ground.
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if i can ask, what you think would happen here? what would be the aftermath of a military strike either taken by the united states or israel against iran? what is a biggest threat to instability of -- in this region? >> first of all, i'm going to go engage in a whole bunch of hypotheticals because what i said from the moment i came into office was the best resolution of this situation is through diplomacy. i continue to believe that. we have organized the international community around a sanctions regime that is
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having an impact on iran. not because we forced other countries to do it because they recognize that if you trigger a nuclear arms race in this region, as volatile as it is, if you have the prospect of nuclear weapons of getting in of terrorists and extremists, that is not just israel threatened, it is a whole range of people that could be threatened. we're talking about syria might be able to use chemical weapons. what would be the conversation if syria po possessed nuclear weapons? this is not just a problem for israel or just a problem for the united states, it is a regional and worldwide problem. by the way, we have been consistent in sing that not proliferation is a problem around the global. the fact of the matter is iran
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cannot establish with the international community that is it pursuing peaceful nuclear power. there's a reason to these resolutions and violations identified by the united nations. it is not something we made up. there is a lot of other countries that have the technical capacity but they are able to get right with the international community but iran has not been able to do so. if what the leader says is the case, which is developing nuclear weapon and that iran has no interest in developing nuclear weapons, then there should be a practical, verifiable way to assure the international community that it is not doing so.
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this problem will be solved to the benefit of the region and to the benefit on iranian people. the iranian people are celebrating their most important holiday and every year and deliver a message. i remind them that they are a great civilization they have extraordinary history and unbelievable talent. they should be in the international community. to be able to thrive and build businesses and there should be exchanges and travel and interactions with the iranian people and everyone else, including the united states. that should be the vision. not threats to raise israeli cities to the ground.
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part of the frustration that, i think we all feel sometimes is it seems as if people spend all their time around how they can gain advantage over other people or inflict violence on other people or isolate other people, instead of trying to figure out how do we solve problems? is this is a solvable problem if in fact, iran is trying to establish a nuclear weapon. we're going to continue to apply the pressure that we have in a nonmilitary way to try to solve the problem. we'll try to continue to find diplomatic solutions to the problem. i have said as the president of the united states, that i will maintain every option that is available to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon
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because the consequences for the region and the world would be extraordinary dangerous. thatpe and expectation is among a menu of options the option that involves negotiations, discussions, compromise, and resolution of the problem is the one that is exercised. but as president of the united states, i would never take any option off the table. >> there is something i would like to add to what the president said. from the jordanian point of view the problems that we face as we look around the region. the challenges that the israelis and the palestinians will be facing we have concerns what is happening in iraq. whether israeli or iranian at this stage is pandora's box because nobody can guarantee
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what the outcome would be. hopefully there is another way to resolve this problem at the time with so much instability in the middle east we don't need another thing on our shoulders. >> thank you to the people of jordan. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> next, the house and senate funded the government for september and we will talk about the legislation. that, it looked at the congressional ethics process. later, a